Talk about delivering for a good cause!
After the mother of 2-year-old cancer patient Hazel Hammersley playfully posted a sign made of medical tape in the window of her daughter’s room at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that read “SEND PIZZA,” the request was granted – especially once a photo of the message was posted on Reddit.
So overwhelmed was the hospital by pizza deliveries from across the nation that the family had to politely call off the request for pies.
Hazel Hammersley Gets Hospital Pizza Party Thanks to the Internet| Real People Stories
Courtesy Lauren Hammersley
Hazel, affectionately known as “Hazelnut,” was diagnosed with high-risk, stage 3 neuroblastoma in April and will require a year-and-a-half hospital treatment.
Her mother Lauren said the family put up the sign to pass the time and try to have some fun and perhaps brighten up a stranger’s day. It ended up making the day for Hazel, as well as a number of other courageous kids at Children’s Hospital.
“We began hearing news that several pizzas were being delivered to the hospital. After only a few short hours, we were told that someone had taken a picture on the street of our sign, had posted it to Reddit.com and it had reached #1!!” Lauren wrote on the family’s blog, Our Little Hazelnut.
“Hazel woke up from her nap to the smell of pizza and was so excited to chow down! Several other children and nurses came into the room, with music playing, and had themselves a wonderful Pizza Party. We have been absolutely humbled and surprised by the outpouring of love and support … and can only hope and pray that this brings awareness to Neuroblastoma and the Childhood Cancer Community.”
A donation site has been established for Hazel and her family, which includes parents Lauren and Aaron, as well as siblings Micah, 6, Elizabeth, 4, and 6-month-old Jonah.